Day #199: Little Falls

What a day we had yesterday, a lovely road trip outside the Cities, one of our favorite things to do, to learn about and appreciate where people live. It was a gorgeous summer day.

We headed to Little Falls, which wasn’t so little because of spring rains. The water coming down the spillways was ferocious and the water appeared golden.

The Northern Pacific Depot pictured here (by Paul Purdes) was designed by Cass Gilbert in 1899. Today it houses the Chamber of Commerce. (Among many landmarks, Gilbert designed the MN State Capitol and NYC’s Woolworth Building, an early skyscraper.)

Famous people from Little Falls include Louise Erdrich (birthday June 7th) and Charles Lindbergh. (I did my best to imagine them walking around downtown.) There is a Charles Lindbergh Museum and a Fishing Museum here but it wasn’t a museum kind of day for us.

We had plans to visit Bookin’ It, the local independent bookseller, but we were dismayed to learn that it has closed (Steve talked to the owner on the phone).

For lunch, we visited A.T. The Black & White, a wonderful downtown restaurant that began in 1931 as an eight-stool diner serving hamburgers. Today, it is owned and operated by Amanda and Tomas Zimmerman, two Cordon Bleu chefs. Their large dining room was once a hardware store and they’ve filled the space with local history. The food was delicious. Steve had the Boom Boom Chicken Wrap and I had the Smoky Golden Beet Reuben. Both were memorable. Best of all, the waitress shared stories and information about the city.

I love this kind of day and my traveling companion is a commendable explorer, adventurer, and conversationalist. Forevermore, we will feel connected to Little Falls. It was a Good Birthday.

railroad depot in Little Falls, MN

Day #179: Minnesota Historical Society

I am grateful to the people, the planning, and the opportunities for education offered by our Minnesota Historical Society. We try hard to see each new exhibit and we have traveled to most of the installations around the State. I truly believe that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana) The people at our MNHS connect us to history. Thank you to the planners, the librarians, the docents, the exhibit managers, the gift shop personnel (they are awesome), the front desk staff, and all the people who maintain the facilities. My wish for every person who lives in or visits Minnesota is that they will avail themselves of these incredible opportunities to remember the past.

Minnesota Historical Society

Day #77: Snowstorm!

On this Minnesota day, I am GRATEFUL to be working from home, as I have been for 30 years. (When I first began working from a home office, it was so unusual that I was written up in several magazines. How times have changed.) There are disadvantages (I can work 24/7) but I am thankful to not be on the roads. I am mindful of all the people driving in challenging conditions, sending my best wishes for your safety. (Thanks to Steve Palmquist for bravely stepping outside to take this photo. Mind you, as of 4:00 am, our weather forecasters were quite certain we would get no more than one inch of snow today. Um-hmm.) Apparently I am also thankful for parenthetical statements.


Day #50: Books for Breakfast

Last night, a group of teachers and children’s literature enthusiasts gathered to place good information in the folders each attendee will receive at the 2019 Books for Breakfast. The 25th anniversary of this event will take place at Rush Creek Golf Club on Saturday, Feb 2, 2019, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. I am so very grateful that this event is continuing–this connection between educators, librarians, and children’s book authors and illustrators is vital for the mental and emotional health of our children. My heartfelt thank you to Maurna Rome for organizing the event and to all those good-hearted people who worked together on a Minnesota winter evening. I hope you’ll be able to join us at the Breakfast!

Books for Breakfast folder 2019